Amato Plants Foot in Mouth…Again

Before moving onto semi-serious business, make sure you read Cardiff Giant’s interview with Tommy Hunt. Priceless stuff.

No doubt most of you have read about Chuck Amato’s latest testy exchange with the media. And in all fairness, it does seem like there was a certain amount of “badgering” involved. Still, what in God’s name could ever cause a sane adult to say the following, after NC State lost to a MAC school for the first time in over 30 years:

“They’re in a conference that allows non-qualifiers in school,” Amato said during his weekly news conference. “Non-qualifiers. Do y’all need to look that one up to write your stories?… Do you know what kind of players non-qualifiers are, usually? They’re inversely proportional to what their grade-point average is. They can make a big difference.”

The natural, inevitable reaction is to note that Amato is seemingly making a defensive, nonsense excuse. The myriad advantages NC State enjoys as a “flagship” public institution with a large alumni/booster base, nice facilities, and ACC conference affiliation outweigh any admissions advantage Akron might have by a factor of, say, 20. The fact that NC State did not have to pledge a return visit in order to get the Zips to play in Carter-Finley let’s you know where the balance of power stands between the two programs. An obvious PR hit, and a one-day story.

But beyond the obvious, Chuck Amato has also opened himself up to attacks like this one from Dave Glenn. Excerpt:

“Here’s the irony: The way Amato complained about Akron’s academic standards is EXACTLY the way other ACC coaches privately have complained about the low academic bar N.C. State has adopted for its own football program ever since Amato arrived from Florida State. The Seminoles long have been known for their bottom-of-the-barrel approach to academics, and Amato adopted Bobby Bowden’s blueprint — academically and otherwise — when he took over the Wolfpack.”

So, in his trademark, belligerent manner, Chuck Amato managed to get 48 hours of media coverage for NC State – as both a whiner and an academic doormat. What is it going to take for Amato to develop some humility and professionalism? If you show that you’ll let sportswriters get under your skin, it’s like putting blood in the water. Right or wrong, he needs to accept and understand the reality of his situation, and act accordingly.

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98 Responses to Amato Plants Foot in Mouth…Again

  1. Cardiff Giant 09/12/2006 at 4:06 PM #

    Precisely on target. This man makes a bigger horse’s ass of himself than any coach in America, bar none. Absolutely idiotic.

    I used to really like Amato, but his ego has swollen to the point where it will fit snugly inside the Basilica of St. Peter, though few others places would hold it. In fact, it seems his ego has grown in inverse proportion to the team’s sucess on the field.


  2. Cardiff Giant 09/12/2006 at 4:08 PM #

    And, what’s arguably even sadder is that the usual suspects will whine that (a) Dave Glenn is anti-State, and (b) this site is anti-State. I suppose the New York Post, the latest national media to mock us for losing to freaking AKRON on our home field, has had a long-standing and simmering anti-State grudge, too.

  3. redfred2 09/12/2006 at 4:14 PM #

    Wulfpack linked that article from the Disturber on an earlier thread today. Does anyone think like me, that maybe the AD needs to intervene here. Maybe advise Amato to be a little more honest about his own recent short comings while dealing with the press, other than making up excuses while trashing a voluntarily scheduled OOC opponent, and shortly after his program lost to them.

    I guess maybe that’s not in Fowler’s job description either. What is?

  4. TampaPack 09/12/2006 at 4:15 PM #

    One would think if you were in a position where most of the media was “against” you. You would just STFU and motivate the hell out of your team to win some ball games just to silence the critics. We can debate forever about missing pieces, how much longer Chuck has to prove it, etc., but it is things like this. You shouldn’t draw attention to yourself when you are down. If anything you think you would want to disappear for a little while. Even more ironic is that fact that he is complaining about academics if what Dave says is true….

  5. TampaPack 09/12/2006 at 4:20 PM #

    No wonder the national media beats on him so, in all honest he makes it pretty easy – they don’t really have to work very hard to find a quote to run with. I am/was a huge Chuck supporter, however these recent events coupled with the on the field ‘success’ since Rivers left really has me questioning our leader.

  6. packbackr04 09/12/2006 at 4:21 PM #

    great post cardiff^^ love the inversley proportional stab! why o why would chuck do this. And where is lee fowler through all of this? shouldnt Chuck have gone to him to take this up with the “good ole boy” connection aka: the tommy hunt/swofford gang. Instead of acting like a 13 yr old girl and crying about it to whoever will pay attention to him, why not get the university behind him, make a formal complaint about the way the instant replay rule is being enforced (or not enforced) and then move on. Busch League, total Busch League

  7. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 09/12/2006 at 4:21 PM #

    F- David Glenn. Ask that jerk about Roy Williams graduation rate at UNC and he will pull out some BS about 6 year running averages and it doesn’t matter that players arn’t graduating because they in the NBA. What an ass.

  8. noah 09/12/2006 at 4:22 PM #

    How hard is it to just say, “Hey, I’m disappointed with the loss, but we lost to a pretty good team the other day. They play some good football in the MAC. There are plenty of NFL rosters dotted with guys that played their football in the MAC. That part of Ohio is called the ‘Cradle of Football’ for a reason. So while I’m always disappointed by ANY loss, I’m certainly not ashamed of it. Akron is going to surprise some folks this year. I would bet that they’ll repeat as MAC champions and give someone a good run for the money in a bowl in December.”

    How HARD is that??

  9. noah 09/12/2006 at 4:24 PM #

    BTW…when it comes to academics, NC State lives in a house of spun sugar. WE DREAM of living in a glass house. So…put down those rocks, Mr. Stone Thrower.

  10. class of 74 09/12/2006 at 4:26 PM #

    The media poked him and his true personality took over. If he were smart at the start of yesterday’s presser he should have first praised Akron’s effort and preperation then apologized for being outcoached. That’s all he needed to say really about saturday and move the conversation to this week’s game.

  11. packbackr04 09/12/2006 at 4:26 PM #

    redfred^ my thoughts exactly,…. does anyone on this site know what Lee does all day? My guess would be that he has a fetish for buggery and web toed prostitutes.

  12. Wolf-n-Atl 09/12/2006 at 4:27 PM #

    I am still wondering where the apology is. If I were the AD, the first thing I would have done was have Chuck make a public apology for his ridiculous comments.

    On top of that, now when we play Southern Miss & ECU this topic is going to come back front & center. It will be bulletin material for those teams and extra incentive to beat us.

    By the way, just as a comparison to how some other coaches handle adversity here is some comments from John Gruden after the Bucs game:

    “The entire football game is [my] responsibility. You get beat like that — hell’s bells, you didn’t do a very good job,” Gruden said after a night of virtually no sleep following a 27-0 season-opening thrashing Sunday by Baltimore. “I’m not going to sit here and assess blame upon myself publicly; I get enough of that walking to my car, OK?

    “But I didn’t like it one [expletive] bit. I take a lot of pride in what we do here, and to go out there and get defeated soundly at home is enough to make me sick. I have a lot of respect for these fans who pay good money to come in here and watch their Buccaneers. To send them home like we did makes me sick and humiliated. Makes me eager to get back to work because there’s work to be done.”

    I’m not say the two games were similar b/c we lost on the last play and it could have just as easily been us in the winning column, but at least he owns up to the responsibility.

  13. Mike 09/12/2006 at 4:29 PM #

    Noah, did you really say Stone thrower? Jumbo shrimp. Dodge Ram. Ethical Politics. A few others come to mind.

  14. TampaPack 09/12/2006 at 4:30 PM #

    Here, here wolf^. That is a huge part of how I feel as well. Living here in Tampa, and watching our team get our asses handed back to us felt really bad. But to have a feeling that the coach admits something was wrong and acts as though he cares enough to do something about it atleast gives you some confidence in your team heading into the next game. I don’t mean to go there, but that sounds a little similar to many of our problems with HS.

  15. HungryLikeTheWolf 09/12/2006 at 4:39 PM #

    One of the ways in which Amato has been praised by his football players in the past is that he teaches them to become men.

    Well, in my opinion, he’s doing a poor job demonstrating how a man acts under pressure and criticism. A man wouldn’t be reaching for straws to come up with excuses for why his team lost to Akron. A man would look the critics in the eyes and say, “You know, you’re probably right. We shouldn’t have lost to Akron on our home field, even though they played a hard-nosed football game and deserve credit for winning.” Here’s where we’re having problems and here’s what we’re going to do to address those problems so we’ll be better prepared in the future.

    Of course you have to have a clue of what the problems are and how to fix them before you can say something like that. Excuses are for losers.

  16. BladenWolf 09/12/2006 at 4:48 PM #

    When I heard Amato’s remarks at the press conference, I felt as bad as when I witnessed Akron marching down the field on us like we were some weak-ass high school team.
    The fact that he went so far off base trying to redirect the criticism is just stupid. Period. Nevermind about bulletin board fodder for SMU and ECU, what about sticking to coaching and fixing the damn holes in the defense or generating a f’ing offense.
    I was a big optimist when Amato took over, but after seeing the Pack devolve into a tailspin since Rivers left only leads me to think that the Emperor has no clothes and it’s time to throw him a towel…
    Cowher will be living in Raleigh next year… I’m just sayin’.

  17. BladenWolf 09/12/2006 at 4:51 PM #

    Not to mention that he sounds like a freaking cartoon when he’s talking. A babbling idiot. I can’t even listen to the man when he’s coherent.

  18. Girlfriend in a Coma 09/12/2006 at 4:56 PM #

    Rainer insulted thousands of State donors who like to tailgate early and nobody in any position of power seems to gave a rat’s ass who got insulted there. Chuck can insult NQ schools and fight-picking journalists all he wants against that backdrop.

    Also, any who thinks Glenn and/or the poop sheet is anywhere close to unbiased on this academics stuff needs to see me about some land I have to sell you.

    SFN can’t possibly expect us to accept Glenn’s academic “Three-Card-Monty” assertions unchallenged. If we do then we are down the path of instituting another “Kornegay Rule” because the local media tells us “it is the right thing to do.”

  19. noah 09/12/2006 at 5:00 PM #

    Coma — you’re completely wrong on this one.

    Sorry. Since Amato came on board, he’s taken an ***load of borderline academic exceptions.

    Yeah, we take more than Carolina. Yes. Really.

    This is like State fans complaining about someone majoring in African-American studies. As though “Speech Communications” is any different.

  20. Sam92 09/12/2006 at 5:00 PM #

    Amato doesn’t get it done on the field, and he doesn’t get it done off the field.

    what is this – seven years now? that’s more than enough. get this guy out of here.

  21. Cardiff Giant 09/12/2006 at 5:01 PM #

    ^ The guy from the Poop Sheet is a complete moron IMHO. And Glenn may be suspect on academics. Neither excuse the equally undeniable fact that Amato acted like a f***** clown in that interview.

  22. bTHEredterror 09/12/2006 at 5:06 PM #

    Last Saturdays performance is the type of embarassment that it is best to let die quickly. The only thing that could make it any worse is a lame excuse that actually draws light on a problem that Chuck has had with graduation rates and non-qualifiers. Those in glass houses should not throw stones (or is it those in cheap glasses shouldn’t let Stone throw?).

    I suspect the drive behind Chuck’s statement is to make a veiled comment on how many of his guys haven’t been allowed to play right away. It comes off as- hey they cheated. And if their guys were SOOO stupid, how come they didn’t get any bonehead penalties? My already low regard for Chuck’s personality has now bottomed out. Chuck, we lost, so just take your medicine like a man and focus on the next opponent.

  23. noah 09/12/2006 at 5:07 PM #

    Dave Glenn is not wrong about the academics. Email him about it (ask him nicely) and he’ll back it up.

    It’s a road State fans don’t want to go down….just stay away.

  24. Cardiff Giant 09/12/2006 at 5:09 PM #

    ^ That matches my own understanding. Thanks.

  25. burnbarn 09/12/2006 at 5:10 PM #

    ^ you speak the truth.

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